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The Fruits of Diversity
There are 13 different American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the Sonoma region. We farm in four of them. Each AVA has its own distinct geography, climate and soils. We plant our vineyards with the clones and rootstocks that capitalize on the advantages each location offers, focusing on quality not quantity, so that we get the greatest flavors and intensities that premium wines require.
Windy and foggy. Those are two weather conditions that describe “The Rams”—the Carneros AVA. This cool appellation is situated on the northern edge of San Pablo Bay and experiences only moderate rain annually and very thin soils. Fog rolling in from the bay keeps the grapes cool in the strong summer sun—making this a prime growing area for cool-loving varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Sonoma Coast AVA
Besides the breathtaking views of the coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA offers a cold-climate and many rainy days. Because the Petaluma Gap helps pull cool air inland, winegrapes grown here are slow to mature and are usually some of the last berries harvested in the Sonoma region. They provide some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay available with flavor profiles unlike any anywhere else.
Sonoma Valley AVA
There’s a little bit of everything going on in the valley—including history. It was here that monks first planted winegrapes before California became a state. And they sure found a perfect area. Cool air comes in from the south and north. And the geography and soil types are as varied as the rugged terrain dictates. Still, 35 grape varieties are grown in the Valley of the Moon, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Viognier.
Rich in diversity- Sonoma County has more geographically distinct soil types than most wine regions in the world. More than 60,000 acres of vineyards make-up this unique region that connects the foggy marine air of the Pacific coastline with the warm inland valleys to create ideal conditions for some of the most recognized, complex and highly regarded wines in the world. With 13 unique wine regions and an almost unlimited array of terroirs, Sonoma County vintners handcraft a variety of award-winning wines from cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to warmer climate varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel.